Spring is here! Time to shed the scarves, boots and jackets, whahoo! Ok, all excitement aside, now is the time to shop for your spring wardrobe. Personally, I think it’s fun to shop trends but in a minimalist way. My aesthetic this season is to invest in a capsule collection and sprinkle in vintage and thrift pieces along the way. The Vetta Capsule SS collection is one of my favorites.
The other week, I was lucky to have the chance to hang out in Ybor City with Evan Dell from Ardency and Arrow Co. His photography style is beautiful and Historic Ybor City is just gorgeous during the day. Brightly colored key west style houses line the streets, roosters roaming the back yards of people’s houses, old cigar factories turned artists’ lofts. Ybor was once a go-to place for me in my early twenties for rock shows and bars, but now I find myself spending the afternoons there instead.
Fashion Trends # 1: The White Dress
Ralph Lauren and Zac Posen (images by Ghetty Images) were some of the designers this spring that embraced the all white trend this season. I found this beauty in an old thrift shop in Dunedin, Florida for only $5! Bohemian geometric prints are slated to stay in style for the next couple years according to fashion forecasting websites like pinkstudio.nl and fashionvignette.blogspot.com.
Fashion Trends # 2: The Denim Dress
Denim is everywhere! Chanel and Chloe were some of the designers that latched on to the trend in their 2016 SS collections. I snagged one at a local thrift and styled it like a wrap over a striped dress that I bought at Ethica. Ethica was my very first curated online boutique that I stumbled on when I first started my search for eco-conscious clothing. If you’re shopping at your local thrift, try searching in the men’s or plus-size section. Keep reading below on how to update an over-sized jean shirt.
DIY a Tie-Dye Denim Dress:
- Find an over-sized denim dress at a thrift store. I found mine in the plus size section, but there are also jean shirts in the men’s section that can look just as good.
- Buy an environmentally friendly dye from an Etsy shop. This one is my favorite: http://www.alrdyeing.com/. She’s been dubbed “the fashion worlds artisanal dyer” by New York Times and she sells her dyes for very affordable prices on her Etsy store.
- Tie-Dye the jean shirt by twisting sections of the shirt and wrapping rubber bands around the ends. Wait 24 hours.
- Unwrap the rubber bands and hand wash the shirt. Now you have a tie-dyed shirt dress that you just created yourself!
DIY Print Applique on a Dress:
- Grab a white dress (or neutral colored dress) from your local thrift store and find any kind of overlapping geometric print or electric bohemian print fabric.
- With your seam ripper, undo the shoulder seams at the top.
- Cut two rectangular pieces of the scrap fabric to sew down the two sides of the center front as pictured below. Ensure that both fabric appliques are the same length and run down the side of the placket.
- Sew the two rectangular appliques around the outer edges on either side of the placket, making sure that the fabric reaches the top of the shoulder where you undid the seams (step 3).
- Sew back the shoulder seams at the top and you’ve just added your own style to a button up dress!